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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Culiacan, Mexico

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We continued our trip from riding the El Chepe train from the city of Chihuahua to El Fuerte, and now we made our way to Culiacan, Mexico.

Culiacan, about an hour from Mexico's Pacific Coast has been around a long time. Before the Spaniards arrived from Europe, this site had been a small Amerindian settlement founded in about 628.

The city as it exists today was established in 1531 by the Spanish.

But it was only after the federal government built dams in the surrounding areas in the 1950s did agriculture explode and the city began to grow exponentially. Some of Mexico's largest agricultural conglomerates operate in these vast and fertile coastal plains.

Akaisha settling in on the bus





Here I am on the bus from El Fuerte to Culiacan, about a 4 hour ride.

The buses in Mexico are a real deal, most of the times being quite comfortable. Depending on the length of the trip, the first class buses offer food for the ride, free ear buds for the entertainment systems, and the buses themselves are air conditioned, and have a bathroom in the back.

The colorful letters of the city's name

Once again, here you see the city's name spelled out in colorful letters.

You will find similar style letters in El Fuerte, Morelia, Chapala, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara airport, Comitan and even the old, old town of Patzcuaro.

Notice the Cathedral Our Lady of the Rosary on this plaza in the background.

Cathedral Our Lady of the Rosary

Every plaza in Mexico is set up with a church or cathedral being a major feature. Our Lady of the Rosary is the oldest church in the city, constructed in 1842.

Here you can see the inlays of pink quarry stone giving a contrast to the white color of the sides. This cathedral is very well kept. In Patzcuaro, some of the cathedrals have mold covering them, giving them a sense of antiquity.

A Name from the Past is doing well here

Do you remember Woolworth's?

We had one in my hometown when I was a child growing up.

One of the original pioneers of the five-and-dime stores, the first Woolworth store was opened by Frank Winfield Woolworth in 1879, as "Woolworth's Great Five Cent Store" in New York. But soon Frank went to Pennsylvania to open a new store.

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Woolworth's became independent in a management buyout by the Mexican executives in 1997, and the company closed its remaining variety stores in the United States in that same year.

Retail chains using the Woolworth name still survive in Austria, New Zealand, Germany, South Africa and Mexico.

Billy with a friendly native of Culiacan

Wandering around the city, we went straight to the plaza and found people dancing to some live music. This man was one of the dancers, and the whole crowd was rather friendly. Live music will do that to you!

Billy and the "Wild One" are dancing here





What a HOOT! 

We had such a good time...

The "Wild One" grabs Akaisha (and later on, Billy, here) to dance. Wish we had these kinds of gatherings in more places in the States. Old? No matter. Single? No matter. Can't dance? Who cares?!! Woot woot woot!!!  

Gorgeous girls with loooooong hair!

After we finished dancing in the plaza, we walked around, finding this restaurant that offered buffalo wings and beer. It was a happening place!

Every one of these girls had waist-long shiny hair. Look at that! My Lord, what I'd do for hair like that.

Each one had their cell phone and was taking selfies to post on social media, as is popular today.

So Culiacan has gone from an indigenous settlement to the modern city it is today, in about 1400 years!

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About the Authors

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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